North Kingdome

NBBJ example model of the ballpark.

Major Issues Site size, neighborhood issues, zoning.
Cost/Affordability Requires acquisition of private property and air rights over 5 acres of BN-SF Railroad right-of-way. Business relocations also required.
Description & Configuration 13.33 acres in total, 9.85 County + 2.28 + 1.2 acres.
Below-grade Field Not possible without continuous dewatering.
Staging Construction of retractable roof within site confines very difficult. Construction above railroad tracks, if added to site, complex due to need to AMTRAK and freight railroad movements. Construction of roof over tracks will increase the construction schedule, complexity.
Zoning Pioneer Square Mixed (PSM) with 85' height limit for portion south of King St.; 100' height limit for portions north of King St. City conditional use or rezone required to exceed height limits. Pioneer Square Preservation District use and development regulations apply to entire site.
Adjacent Use Compatibility Ballpark could be very compatible with some of the existing adjacent uses, such as restaurants, bars and some retail. Other uses, such as art galleries, social service agencies and residential uses would be less compatible.
Urban Design Scale may not be compatible with surrounding area, but could be mitigated using setbacks. Supporting services available within 2,000'. Site in pedestrian-oriented neighborhood.
Transportation Two limited access facilities within 1 mile (I-5, I-90, and Hwy 99). Two or more 4-lane arterials with several blocks. Regional and local transit available within 2 blocks operates every 15 minutes. Site within 2 blocks of proposed RTA light rail or commuter rail lines. Potential road projects within reasonable proximity.
Parking Facilities 4,700 parking spaces possible on or adjacent to site. Significant parking pools within 1 mile. Nearby uses likely to use parking facilities.
Environmental May be contaminated soils onsite but remediation appears feasible. Ballbark shadows likely to impact adjacent properties, especially public spaces and residences. Substantial light and air circulation impacts on residential properties.
Adjacent Communities No permitted housing eliminated. No Buffer between site and potentially adversely affected uses. Does not take industrial land; not adjacent to industrially-zones property. Site A does not displace jobs. Site A1/A2 will displace jobs that may be relocated in City. Safety patrols in area.
Source: PFD Site Evaluation Report, March 15, 1996

Two views of the North site.

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